2 ship captains deny near collision

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


THE captains of the two roll, on-roll off (Roro) vessels have denied reports that their ships nearly collided, a coast guard official said.

Lt. Commander Glen Daraug, chief of the Philippine Coast Guard in Bacolod, said both captains of Montenegro Shipping Lines and Navistar Lines claimed that they were sailing harmoniously and no untoward incident happened.

The vessels were sailing from Bredco port in Bacolod City to Dumangas port in Ilolilo on Monday night.

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Alejandro Deoma, one of the passengers of Montenegro Lines, earlier said they have been sailing for about an hour when the other vessel almost collided with their boat.

Deoma added that after the near collision, the Navistar boat slowed down and tailed them. [Read the related story.]

The Coast Guard official advised the complainant to submit a sketch of the incident so that they can have a clear view of what happened.

Daraug assured the passengers that they will continue their investigation to determine who committed lapses.

Meanwhile, the fishing boat crew reported missing after their vessel collided with a barge in the waters of Tomontong village in E.B. Magalona town in Negros Occidental last Friday was found dead in the shoreline of Bay-ang village, Ajuy, Iloilo on Sunday afternoon.

Daraug said the body of Fernan Tolentino, of the village of Alacaygan, Banate, Iloilo was seen floating by fishermen.

He said the victim, who was identified by his family, was brought to Banate.

Tolentino’s six companions were rescued after the incident.

The SMV loader owned by Seamine Ventures was on its way to Naga City when it crashed into F/B Prince Armiel which sank after the collision.

Daraug said the fishing boat crew jumped into the sea when they saw the barge approaching. (with reports from TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 27, 2014.

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